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Catalyst Symposium – Registration open!

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Registration is now open for the Catalyst Symposium.

When? Wednesday 12th November

Where? Streatham Court D

What? As the end of Catalyst funding is in sight (March 2015), we want to bring together the University of Exeter’s vibrant community of Engaged Researchers, Community Partners and Professional Services Staff who are passionate about public engagement with research.

You will be able to take part in a variety of workshops, seminars, and discussions to share best practice and learning from Catalyst Seed Funds and the Champions for Public Engagement.

We will reflect on what the future of engaged research looks like for the University and how we can continue to support it.

For more information, including a draft programme and transport arrangements, please visit the event page.

If you have any questions about the Symposium please email the Grace (catalyst@exeter.ac.uk).


November news

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We’re looking forward to hosting the Catalyst meeting on 27 & 28 January.

These quarterly meetings are where the Catalyst universities get together to share experiences, learn from each other and think about the next steps. We often find our way to the pub too.

Do come along to the Forum between 3.15-4pm, 27 January  for a cream tea and the chance to network with other people interested in public engagement. Bring a story to share, a question to ask or an ear to listen with – we’d love to see you there. Please email so we know how many scones to bake (ahem – order!).

 

 

Opportunities

1. Wellcome Trust support for public engagement

If you’re funded by the Wellcome Trust then look at this new grant scheme for public engagement. I’m happy to help with applications.

2. Bristol Natural History Consortium – Heritage placements Jan-June 2014

Deadline: 1 December

Do you have any collaborators from outside university who would be interested in training on new media? Bristol Natural History Consortium a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver short placements training new media skills in a heritage context. Applicants should have a passion for the heritage sector, basic IT skills, and demonstrated creativity and enthusiasm. Placements are full time and trainees receive a monthly bursary stipend of £1200.00. For further details and an application form.

3. Lab in a Lorry – volunteers

January and February 2014, Wales

Do you fancy being in a mobile lab with enthusiastic schools visiting? Lab in a Lorry are looking for volunteers to help out delivering hands-on activities. Check out www.labinalorry.org.uk for more information.

4. FameLab

November 2013 – January 2014

Heats in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford.

Do you have a passion for science, technology, engineering or maths and want to share it with the world? FameLab provides researchers in academia and industry with a supportive platform to communicate science and engineering to a wider audience – in three minutes! Previous contestants have gone on to travel the globe and feature on radio and TV.

Prizes: £1750, a weekend Masterclass with experts in media & communication skills, a chance to appear in the FameLab International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2014.

 

Events

1. Innovation in Partnership

22 November, British Museum

This free, one day conference has been organised to explore perspectives on collaborative working methods between supplementary schools and universities, museums and arts and heritage organisations. Delegates will either be looking to explore the possibilities of establishing a partnership project for the first time or for ways to sustain an already existing programme. Unfortunately the deadline for application has passed but you could email to see if there is a space available.

2. STFC Public Engagement Symposium

25 November, Birmingham University

If you are funded by STFC or use their facilities then come along to this great one-day symposium to network, learn and share best practice. Bursaries are available for early career researchers. The programme is here: PE Symposium 2013 draft programme V9 and you can also download a poster .

3. Engage 2013

27 & 28 November

Places are booking fast for Engage 2013 in Bristol. There mights still be a few places left. You can now see a draft programme for the conference on their website including our Catalyst session.

4.K’Ching! Turning creative innovation into economic and cultural wealth

26 November, the Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

Bringing together key players and influencers in the South West Creative Industries sector to learn, explore and connect, K’ching! will profile the region’s talent, capability and capacity to generate and apply knowledge and expertise to the real economy.

At the core of the event is an interactive exhibition demonstrating how universities and businesses can work together showcasing latest knowledge and research in media, gaming, design and visual, performance, re-purposing technologies and support and funding opportunities.

Delegates will include:

  • University academics
  • Arts and Creative Industry Practitioners
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
  • Business support organisations

For further information, please contact .

5. Impact through Co-creation and Participation

9-11 April, 2014. Copenhagen

This looks to be a fascinating conference about research with, by and for civil society. Bookings are open now.

6. Science Communication Conference

1-2 May, 2014, University of Surrey

Put the date in your diary and watch out for the call for proposals. This two day event is the only cross-sector conference, bringing together people from across the science communication field.  Over 400 people usually attend the conference, including both seasoned sci-commers and those who are new to the sector. Helen ran a session at the 2013 conference and has recently contributed a chapter for the post-conference publication (watch this space!).

 

Interesting things

1. Codesign Heritage

We real like this Connected Communities project which involves researchers and local heritage organisations. Read the blog to find out how the team have taken co-design to heart.

2. National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The NCCPE have started a new blog and the first few posts provide some food for thought.

3. PENCRU newsletter

The latest PenCRU newsletter (issue 14) is now available to view online. Hear about their recent open day.

4. Engaged Futures

In the last newsletter we mentioned that we’d been running some workshops as part of the Engaged Futures consultation. Here’s the report for those who took part Engaged Universities summary South West October 2013 FINAL.


Opportunities and news for Public Engagement

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We’re really excited to announce that our seed funds are open! Seed Funds are available for any public engagement activity that helps support the culture of engagement within the university.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you research gender in any way? If so you might be interested in working with Impermanence Dance Theatre on their latest project: see their call for collaborators. Could be a great impact case study for the next REF.

 

Arts and Humanities researchers might be interested in the REACT Hub: Future Documentary. REACT are looking for creative minds and stimulating people to come and join us in debate over what the future for documentary could be. They’re bringing together creative companies and arts and humanities academics who share a passion for telling stories to explore how the internet, user generated content and changing audience expectations are transforming what we understand by documentary media. Register now for the Exeter Ideas Lab on 26 February.

 

Digital Economy researchers might want to participate in I’m a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here! This a great opportunity to share your work with young people from the comfort of your own desk. Everyone I know who’s taken part has found it immensely enjoyable and challenging.

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Ecologists who like music festivals mustn’t miss the British Ecological Society’s competition. This will be a lot of fun (mud permitting) as the team take ecology to music festivals throughout the summer. All you need to do is devise an idea for an activity or demonstration to do at the stall. I’m happy to help with ideas.

 

Museums, health, wellbeing seminar – 12 March. A bargain at £30. This looks like a great afternoon exploring how museums and arts interventions can improve health and wellbeing. See the  flier  for more detail.


News for December

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We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for the launch event at Tremough last week. The conversations were great and we were really inspired by the ideas and enthusiasm. Short report to follow.

Arts Engagement:

This report  into  participatory arts from the James Irvine Foundation makes for interesting reading.

And if that gets you going, then you might want to know about Impermanence Dance Theatre’s latest project exploring gender, using socially engaged practice. They want to work closely with academics and communities. If you’d like to be part of the project get in touch with Helen, or join us for lunch on Thursday 13 December, 12 noon, Building One cafe. Check out this video of their latest work for an idea of what they do.

 

STEM Engagement:

Is your research in the area of sustainable energy production? We have an exciting opportunity with our friends at Graphic Science: full support to run community engagement events around the complex decisions associated with meeting our future energy needs. Introduction, briefing and full guidance on the kit on 17 December register here.

Neuro-researchers: we’ve submitted our application for the British Neuroscience Association’s public festival for April next year, which is running alongside BNA’s annual conference. Do get in touch if you want to join in.

Science Communication Conference – call for proposals is open, deadline is 3 January 2013. This is your chance to propose a session at the 2013 Conference – do you have a successful project that you would like to showcase? Is there a hot topic that you feel needs discussion? Would you like to run a workshop to develop skills? It would be great to see representation from the university – get in touch with Helen to discuss your ideas.

Funding opportunities:

Wellcome Trust Arts and People awards both have deadlines in January.

Physiology Society have public engagement awards, up to £5000. The grants, which are available to both Society members and non-members, are designed to fund innovative and creative projects on any aspect of physiology. They particularly encourage collaborations between science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, and our members.

If you have ideas and want to discuss them further, get in touch with Helen.

We’ve been busy these last couple of weeks helping with the Describe project’s Impact Expert Workshop, piloting a Climate Change engagement course with NERC, running an introduction to Public Engagement session for the Association for Science and Discovery Centre’s latest project: Explore Your Universe, and running a workshop at South West Forum’s Collaborating for Impact conference. Next week brings a workshop on Evaluation and the National Coordinating Centre’s Engage conference where we’re running a workshop with the Open University and Nottingham about our Catalyst projects.

Finally, thanks to everyone who’s submitted their applications to be Champions. It’s going to be a tough decision!

 


Tim Lenton and Kaleider: Case for Optimism

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Earlier this year  Tim Lenton contributed to a creative day hosted by Kaleider – an arts incubator based here in Exeter. The day started exploring the artistic exploration and response to the question “What do we do with the last barrel of oil?”

A fascinating video of the day really highlights how exciting and stimulating interdisciplinary, collaborative events like this can be.


Everyone’s Energy – a public engagement opportunity for researchers working in sustainable energy.

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Is your research in the area of sustainable energy production? Would you be interested in developing your communication skills and engaging the public with your work?

Our friends in Graphic Science have developed an exciting event that enables community groups to grapple with the complex decisions associated with meeting our future energy needs and we need your help to run the sessions.

Graphic Science will train you and make sure you have everything you need for the sessions. It’s a great opportunity to develop some valuable skills and get involved with fun, interactive public engagement on a subject that really matters!

Your commitment:

  • Attend a one-day training session to learn everything you need to know
  • Be available to run one or more sessions in community groups in your area (this is likely to be in an evening meeting). You will be running the sessions in pairs.

How we support your involvement:

  • Give you a one-day training that enables you to run sessions with confidence
  • Give you all the materials and equipment you need to run the sessions
  • Liaise with community groups to organise the sessions
  • Reimburse your travel expenses
  • Offer on-going support

About us:

Graphic Science is a science communication consultancy based near Bristol that specialises in creating innovative and fun public engagement activities that create lively conversations on interesting issues between researchers and members of the public. This discussion event about how we should secure a sustainable electricity supply in the future has been funded through an Ingenious Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

For further information, or to get involved contact Rebecca Hurwitz
email
; tel 01275 474444

                                                                                                                                                                                       


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